April 13, 2010

April 13, 2010

A year-round wine school opens in San Francisco on April 17th, ~THE WINE SCHOOL AT SAN FRANCISCO WINE CENTER~, with Director of Education Catherine Fallis, one of the world’s few female Master Sommeliers, who has partnered with San Francisco Wine Center owners Brian and Hillary McGonigle.

Classes begin on April 17th with the Six Week Wine Expert, a series taught exclusively by Master Sommeliers that will take students from novice to expert in six entertaining and informative sessions. The World of Wine specialty classes introduce students to the world of wine and food, with topics such as Bordeaux, Napa, Tuscany, Designing Your Dream Cellar, Wine Collecting Fundamentals, and Wine and Food Pairing. The Visiting Dignitaries series features industry icons including Kevin Zraly, Kermit Lynch, Laura Catena, Peter Mondavi, Georges DuBoeuf, and Jean-Charles Boisset. In the Professional series, an instructor team of Master Sommeliers and industry experts share their knowledge and experience in classes for sommeliers, wine directors, servers, chefs, wine retailers, and those in wine sales who work for distributors, importers, or suppliers.

The complete calendar of Spring Session classes and course descriptions are available here and on the San Francisco Wine Center website. Contact the Wine School at 415-655-7300 or email for more information, to make your reservations, or to plan your own private group class.

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Photo from Barbacco.

Next Tuesday April 20th, ~BARBACCO~ is hosting five of the most unique wine producers from Italy for an informal evening totally dedicated to traditional and natural winemaking: Saşa Radikon (pouring orange wine), Francesco Maule, Arianna Occhipinti of Sicily, Alessandra Bera of Asti, and Mauro Vergano (who left chemistry for Chinato) will be available to pour and talk about their outstanding wines. Each grower will have one wine by the taste, glass, quartino, or bottle, with other wines available by the bottle. You will be able to order dishes off the regular dinner menu, so feel free to swing by for just a glass of wine (or two) and an appetizer, or a full meal.

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Photo by Rick Hyde.

Maybe you have a tax return coming your way. Or you don’t want to think about your taxes and would rather forget all about it and drink good wine over a posh dinner. Either way, this Thursday April 15th, chef Hubert Keller and the team at ~FLEUR DE LYS~ will be hosting a dinner with the wines of Hyde de Villaine, the partnership between veteran California farmer, Larry Hyde, and legendary Domaine de la Romanée Conti partner, Aubert de Villaine. The two began a partnership after Aubert married Larry’s “belle cousine,” Pamela. The Hyde de Villaine wines speak of impeccable Carneros farming practices and classic winemaking on the part of Frenchman Stéphane Vivier. Larry, Aubert, and Stéphane will all be in attendance on this evening. Wines to be poured during the multi-course dinner are: Hyde de Villaine ”De La Guerra” Chardonnay 2007, Hyde de Villaine Chardonnay 2007, Hyde de Villaine Syrah 2006, Hyde de Villaine Syrah 2004, Hyde de Villaine “Belle Cousine” 2006, and Hyde de Villaine ”Belle Cousine” 2004.

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This Saturday April 17th is the second annual ~NEW ZEALAND WINE DISCOVERY~ wine and food tasting event at the InterContinental San Francisco Hotel. Special to this event is a live broadcast of KGO’s Dining Around with Gene Burns program.

This afternoon event will have you tasting the following New Zealand wines: Alana Estate, Allan Scott, Babich Wines, Brancott Vineyards, The Crossings, Elephant Hill, Esk Valley, Freefall Wines, Grey’s Peak, Kawarau Estate, Lawson’s Dry Hills, Long Boat, Man O’ War Vineyards, Matua Valley Wines, Mills Reef Winery, Mt Difficulty, Nautilus Estate, Neudorf, Ponga, Saint Clair Family Estate, Selaks, Shaky Bridge, Spy Valley Wines, Sleeping Dogs, Staete Landt Vineyard, Stoneleigh, Tarras Vineyards, Te Awa, Villa Maria, Wild Earth, Wild Rock, Wither Hills, Woollaston Estates, and Yealands Estate. You will also be able to taste bites provided by Chez Papa Resto, Farm Fresh to You, Gelato Classico, Ghirardelli Chocolate, Hog Island Oyster Company, InterContinental San Francisco Hotel, Left Bank, Marin French Cheese, Oola Restaurant & Bar, and The Olive Press. Event beneficiaries are the San Francisco Food Bank and The Doug Wisor Scholarship.

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